Guide to Anarchy That Promises a Monopoly on Mayday Mayhem

By Taylor, Ben | Daily Mail (London), April 23, 2001 | Go to article overview

Guide to Anarchy That Promises a Monopoly on Mayday Mayhem


Taylor, Ben, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: BEN TAYLOR

WITH its glossy exterior, it could pass for a brochure produced by a blue chip corporation. But within its attractive covers, lies a message of hate.

The 'Mayday Monopoly Game Guide' is what police fear could become a blueprint for a riot.

Available to anyone who has the price of a stamp, the 40-page booklet details the targets for anti-capitalist protests in central London on May 1.

It also lends weight to the theory that the peaceful ethos behind the first of the recent anti-capitalist demonstrations, which began with anti-traffic protests in the mid-90s, has been superseded by the cult of violence.

Senior officers believe that, more than at any time since the miners' strike in the mid-1980s, their rank-and-file have become 'legitimate' targets of hate.

'These people want publicity and quick headlines,' said one Scotland Yard source. 'If that means injuring police officers then that is what they will try to do.'

A glance inside the pamphlet bears out this theory. Based on the Monopoly board game, it takes the reader on a guided tour of London.

Under the heading of Bow Street - 18th century home of London's first police force - the booklet says: 'Organised policing was long resisted as many citizens felt it to be a threat to liberty.'

This is the type of thinking that led to more than 90 arrests last year after hundreds of protesters rampaged through Whitehall after digging up Parliament Square.

A McDonald's restaurant was wrecked.

Statues, including the Cenotaph and one of Sir Winston Churchill, were desecrated.

Despite the large number of arrests, police admit that none of last year's ringleaders were caught. They have published a 'rogues gallery' of faces they will be looking for on May 1.

BUT OFFICERS concede that on a working day in the capital, it will be nigh on impossible to stop potential troublemakers travelling into central London.

Sources within the protest groups, who band under the name of the Mayday Collective, say non-violent 'fluffies' have been seen off by violent 'spikies'.

The Monopoly booklet seen by the Daily Mail makes it clear that the targets for this year's chaos are the chain stores whose names are commonplace on Britain's high streets. …

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